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Recommended Reading: January 24, 2017

eMarketer's scan of the key developments of the day, plus data to make sense of it all

January 24, 2017

Samsung Faults Batteries for Galaxy Note 7 Fires

Samsung acknowledged that batteries were the cause of Galaxy Note 7 devices catching fire. The Korean manufacturing company found that "the battery casing wasn't big enough, causing deformations in the upper corner of the battery," the Wall Street Journal reports.

Chinese Government Comes Down on VPNs

China will require virtual private networks (VPNs) to get government approval to operate, the South China Morning Post reported. VPNs had provided a way for internet users to get around the "Great Firewall of China."

Sprint Buys 33% Stake in Tidal

Sprint bought 33% of artist-owned, music-streaming service Tidal. The mobile carrier said its customers would have "unlimited access to exclusive artist content." One of the newer streaming services, Tidal's share of the global subscription music market stood at 1% in December, according to Midia Research. Spotify's share stood at 43%, Apple's at 20.9%.

Marketers to Audit Facebook

Ad Age reports that marketers may be taking a more careful look at their relationship with Facebook over questions about the accuracy of the platform's audience metrics. With digital ad spend commanding a significant share of total ad spend, marketers and agencies alike are taking steps to ensure they get the most value from their buys.

CNNIC Reports Mobile Internet Users Cross 50% Threshold in China

The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the government agency that oversees some internet functions, reported that about 695 million people in China, more than half of the country's population, used mobile internet as of December 2016. The CNNIC also reported that the total number of internet users in China reached 731 million last month. eMarketer, which uses a different measurement method, estimates that there will be 756.4 million internet users in the country by the end of the year.

Is Apple Building a TV?

Apple may be partnering with its manufacturing partner Foxconn to build a new factory in the US, a factory that will be producing large flat-panel screens, according to Business Insider.

—Rahul Chadha, Rimma Kats, Robert Bercovitz, Alison McCarthy

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